In Quest to Build Big Data Platform, Actian Adds ParAccel to Its List

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Actian continued its quest to build a complete platform to deal with big data, announcing on April 25 that it has acquired the scalable analytics maker ParAccel.

ParAccel has technology partnerships with several popular vendors: its analytic platform powers Amazon’s cloud data warehouse Redshift and top business intelligence vendor MicroStrategy’s social and cloud-based applications.

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Actian’s ParAccel purchase, for which terms were not disclosed, is the latest in a series for the company. Carl Olofson, a research vice president for database management and software at IDC, said Actian is trying to acquire enough assets to position itself as an enterprise information management company.

Now Actian can offer an in-memory analytics platform from ParAccel, data quality and integration software and streaming data processing from its recent acquisition of Pervasive Software, and specialized data management software and object-oriented database from Versant, which Actian bought in December 2012.

Those recently acquired products will join with Actian’s own Vectorwise analytic database and its legacy Ingres relational database. Actian announced its Hadoop connector for Vectorwise in July, which will allow unstructured data stored in the Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS) to be quickly moved into Vectorwise for analysis.

Actian has also focused on building “Action Apps” for its platform to target specific vertical industries and business processes that Actian believes are underserved. Taken together, Olofson said these moves signal that the company is close to having a complete analytics and data management platform; any holes can likely now be developed in-house.

Olofson said along with the technology, Actian has acquired a lot of engineering talent and inherited several industry partnerships. That will help them get into position as a lower cost option to IBM, Oracle and Microsoft that will be attractive to medium-sized enterprises.

“The way to get into the [mid-sized] market that is most likely to yield steady success is working through partners” like Amazon and MicroStrategy, Olofson said. “There is a lot of opportunity out there that those companies aren’t addressing very well.”

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